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George Robert Sims

For the founding pioneer of New Port Richey, see George R. Sims George Robert Sims was an English journalist, dramatist and bon vivant. Sims began writing lively humour and satiric pieces for Fun magazine and The Referee, but he was soon concentrating on social reform the plight of the poor in London's slums. A prolific journalist and writer he produced a number of novels. Sims was a successful dramatist, writing numerous plays in collaboration, several of which had long runs and international success, he bred bulldogs, was an avid sportsman and lived richly among a large circle of literary and artistic friends. Sims earned a fortune from his productive endeavours but had gambled most of it away by the time of his death. Sims was born in Kennington, England, his parents were George Sims, a prosperous merchant, Louisa Amelia Ann Stevenson Sims, president of the Women's Provident League. Sims was the oldest of six children, who were exposed to their parents' cosmopolitan artistic and progressive friends, including suffragists.

He grew up in Islington and his mother took him to the theatre. He was educated in Eastbourne and Hanwell Military College and the University of Bonn, he had begun to write poetry at the age of ten, at Bonn he wrote some plays, including an adaptation of Dr. Wespe by Benedix, he completed his studies in Germany and France, where he became interested in gambling. In Europe, he translated Balzac's Contes drôlatiques, published in 1874 by Chatto and Windus. Sims was twice a widower. In 1876, he married Sarah Elizabeth Collis. In 1888, he married Annie Maria Harriss. In 1901, he married Elizabeth Florence Wykes who survived him. None of these marriages produced any children; the Times wrote in Sims's obituary that "so attractive and original was the personality revealed in his abundant output—for he was a wonderfully hard worker—that no other journalist has occupied quite the same place in the affections not only of the great public but of people of more discriminating taste.... Sims was indeed a born journalist, with the essential flair added to shrewd common sense, wide sympathies, a vivid interest in every side of life, the most ardent patriotism....

He was a successful playwright... a zealous social reformer, an expert criminologist, a connoisseur in good eating and drinking, in racing, in dogs, in boxing, in all sorts of curious and out-of-the-way people and things." He returned to England and worked in his father's business, but his interests lay in writing, he began to write stories and poetry. He began to publish pieces in Fun in 1874, succeeding editor Tom Hood and making friendships with fellow contributors W. S. Gilbert and Ambrose Bierce, he contributed early to the Weekly Dispatch. In 1876, Sims penned a satiric open letter "To a Fashionable Tragedian", humorously accusing actor-producer Henry Irving of inciting mass murder by emphasising the gore in his Shakespeare plays and of paying bribes to critics. Irving sued Sims and his editor Harry Sampson for libel, but after an apology he withdrew the legal action. In 1877, he began contributing to a new Sunday sports and entertainments paper, edited by Sampson, The Referee, writing a weekly column of miscellany, "Mustard and Cress," under the pseudonym Dagonet, until his death.

This was so successful that compilations of his verses from the paper, published as The Dagonet Ballads and Ballads of Babylon, sold in hundreds of thousands of copies and were in print during the next thirty years. He wrote amusing and popular travelogues as Dagonet, he became editor of One and All in 1879 and for various papers wrote about horse racing, showing dogs and leisure. Although Sims published his "Mustard and Cress" column every week for 45 years without fail, according to The Times, "week after week... the page read freshly and seemed always to have something new in it. It was sprinkled with neat little epigrams in verse, patriotic songs or parodies, with jokes, conundrums, catch-words, he talked of politics... philanthropy, reminiscence and drink, such travel as so confirmed a Cockney could enjoy....he would champion the cause of the unfortunate middle classes.... He took his readers into his confidence, told them all about... his friends... his pets.... And he contrived to do this without becoming egotistical or a bore."Sims is best-remembered for his dramatic monologue from The Dagonet Ballads that opens "It is Christmas Day in the workhouse".

Its zealous social concern aroused public sentiment and made Sims a strong voice for reform, dramatising the plight of suffering Londoners. He contributed numerous articles from 1879 to 1883 about the bad condition of the poor in London's slums in the Sunday Dispatch, Daily News and other papers. Many of these were published in book form, such as The Theatre of Life, Horrible London, The Social Kaleidoscope, The Three Brass Balls. In particular, in 1881, Sims and Frederick Barnard wrote a series of illustrated articles entitled How the Poor Live for a new journal, The Pictorial World; this was published in book form in 1883. He wrote many popular ballads attempting to draw attention to the predicament of the poor; these efforts were important in raising public opinion on the subject and led to reform legislation in the Act of 1885. Sims was appointed as part of an 1882 study of social conditions in Southwark in 1882 and as a witness before the 1884 royal commission on

Levy and Company

Levy and Company is a 1930 French comedy film directed by André Hugon starring Léon Belières, Charles Lamy and Alexandre Mihalesco. The film takes place on a liner, sailing for New York, it was followed by three sequels including The Levy Department Stores. The film's art direction was by Christian-Jaque. Henri Bargin Lucien Baroux as Louis Léon Belières as Salomon Lévy Jeanne Bernard André Burgère as David Lévy Marie Glory as Esther Lévy Charles Lamy as Moïse Lévy Lugné-Poe as Abraham Lévy Rodolphe Marcilly Micheline Masson Alexandre Mihalesco as Simon Lévy Hayward, Susan. French National Cinema. Routledge, 2006. Levy and Company on IMDb